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The Dragon Slayer, Warwick Castle - a review

It is always lovely to visit the Warwick Castle grounds and with such hot weather, it was wonderful to sit in the early evening sun and enjoy the scenery whilst we eagerly awaited the show.  There was a wide mixture of families and couples as the event truly catered for all age groups and tastes.

We took our seats, and the performance began.  Being outdoors, it felt very relaxed, and families and their children were able to sit comfortably and enjoy the show.

The show started with the contest for the heart of Lady Felice between several suitors.  The battles included sword fights and daring stunts, which my seven-year-old son dubbed as ‘real superheroes’ and was subsequently captivated by.  The show goes on to crown Guy of Warwick as the Dragon Slayer, without us giving too much away!

The show was a delight from start to finish with a touch of local history (the story was based on the legend of the local, Guy of Warwick) and made wonderful use of the castle.

The special effects were amazing and had us (and the rest of the audience, it appeared!) glued to our seats yet did not detract from the story or the show itself and leaving us wondering what or who would appear and where next. – Use of ‘projection mapping’ combined with a fireworks display was put together in an incredible way, immersing the audience, whatever their age.  The whole thing was cleverly executed with stunning use of Warwick Castle itself in the displaying of these special effects. 

The show was an evening performance with an 8.00 start, which due to the time of year, it had to be, but I would say it was well worth a discretionary late night as my son has not stopped talking about it since, and it has become the height of his summer holidays.

Overall, the show has something for all members of the family to enjoy.  My husband and I both enjoyed the experience of a performance in the castle’s beautiful grounds and my seven-year-old (and us!) was enthralled from start to finish.

The show runs every night until 21 August (but will not run on 14 August).

Evening tickets cost from £19 per person** and entry is from 6:30pm, so visitors can enjoy a host of street food and bar options before the show starts at 8pm. There will be a 45-minute interval, with the show due to end around 10pm. To book tickets for Dragon Slayer, please visit

**Dragon Slayer is an evening event and the tickets do not include daytime access.